National Commentary

Who are we as a nation and where are we going?

We are now in a kind of political no-man's-land between an administration on its way out and a new administration taking shape. Predictions are always risky - and nowhere more so than in times like these. What we can do, however, is assess where we are, and what some of the opportunities and ...

Let ’em fix what they break

What if Republicans abruptly repealed Obamacare, chaos ensued and Democrats sat on their hands and watched? Democrats would be doing the right thing, both for the American people and for themselves. Donald Trump has vowed to repeal Obamacare on day one of his administration. What would he ...

Ditching Electoral College imposes California tyranny

They're still counting the votes, going on four weeks after the election, in California. In Brazil, a nation with much more challenging geography, they manage to do it in five hours. The seemingly endless dillydallying of California's (presumably union-represented) public employees has ...

False news and truth fakers

Along with a president-elect who thrives on peddling lies and made-up stuff, the American public currently is obliged to put up with a growing ugly phenomenon on the Internet: purveyors of rank falsity for mischief and profit. The reference is not only to the vicious juveniles who ...

When democracy fails, what’s next?

One of the great lies of the 21st century is that republicanism and freedom are inevitable. Actually, representative government and individual liberty are the exception, not the rule, and individual liberty often dissipates in the name of the collective, along with truly representative ...

The cost of burying forgotten souls

Sources say the average cost of a North American funeral these days is between $7,000 and $10,000. Imagine, then, what it costs each state to bury inmates who die in prison, those whose bodies are unclaimed by family members. Just like the population in general, the average age of prisoners ...

Will Obama pardon Clinton and cement his legacy?

President Barack Obama cares deeply about his legacy. So will he dare pardon Hillary Clinton? Before there's any more talk of carving out a chunk of Mt. Rushmore for him, or more talk of statues or temples in his name, there is that Hillary Clinton pardon issue. Would Obama give his former ...

Madonna launches misguided attack on female voters

Pop queen Madonna and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump both are high-energy international entrepreneurs, brilliant marketers and self-made anti-establishment provocateurs whose careers have endured over decades. In a world without gender bias and leftist brainwashing about how women have to ...

News is the perfect present

If you're stressing over what to give friends and loved ones during this holiday season, I'm here to help. Consider giving them print or digital subscriptions - or both - to news organizations you regularly count on to provide strong journalism. That includes national newspapers and ...

Trump’s trickle-down economics dressed as populism

Last week, President-elect Donald Trump triumphantly celebrated Carrier's decision to reverse its plan to close a furnace plant and move jobs to Mexico. Some 800 jobs will remain in Indianapolis. "Corporate America is going to have to understand that we have to take care of our ...

Killing the pipeline – again

One of the Obama administration's core competencies is suspending pipeline projects with no cause. It will leave office with another notch in its belt, now that the Army Corps of Engineers has acted to block a final piece of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The 1,200-mile pipeline is designed to ...

Donald Trump and the real billionaires in America

Donald Trump has long sold himself to a credulous public as a business genius worth many billions. So it was something of an inconvenience when New York Times reporter Timothy O'Brien put Trump's holdings at barely a quarter of the way to one billion. Trump sued O'Brien for libel (and ...

The tyranny in majority rule

It is alleged that Hillary Clinton won a popular vote majority. Therefore, if the nation were not burdened with the antiquated Electoral College, anguished and freaked-out Americans whine, she, instead of Donald Trump, would be the next president of the United States. You say, "Hold ...

Trump’s great bait-and-switch strategy is working

As the nation's news media try to figure out how to handle President-elect Trump, he continues to keep them off balance with the hustler's tactic of bait-and-switch. He tosses out one after another tasty news morsels to draw attention from issues than can do him political damage. A recent ...

Triumph of the West is over

Twenty-five years ago - December 1991 - communism died, the Cold War ended and the Soviet Union disappeared. It was the largest breakup of an empire in modern history and not a shot was fired. It was an event of biblical proportions that my generation thought it would never live to see. As ...

Despite feelings about winner, recount is wrong

I oppose the recount. There are, to my mind, only two reasons to re-examine ballots in a presidential campaign, as Green Party candidate Jill Stein has raised money to do. The first is in the event of error or fraud, but there is no evidence thereof in the 2016 election, as Stein herself has ...

Instituting school bus safety laws long overdue

If children are our most precious resource, then why aren't we doing more to protect them as they travel to and from school? For decades, there have been concerns about the lack of seat belts in school buses. Yet only six states have laws requiring them today. And five of those states only ...

Castro a hero to useful idiots, but not to the broken

At least the death of the monstrous Cuban dictator Fidel Castro - who murdered his own people and turned his nation into an island prison - accomplished something. It triggered the useful idiots of the political left who praised their late hero. And it caused me to remember someone I'd ...

America’s 5-in-1 Amendment

What a thing of beauty, our First Amendment. Think about it: In only 45 words, it lays out five constitutional rights. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the ...

Trump’s 7 techniques for controlling the media

Democracy depends on a free and independent press, which is why all tyrants try to squelch it. They use seven techniques that, worryingly, President-elect Donald Trump already employs. 1. Berate the media. Last week, Trump summoned more than two dozen TV news anchors and executives to the ...